The abortion laws in many US states are getting worse for women. Republicans seem determined to take away women’s control over their bodies.
The Newer, Stricter Anti-Abortion Laws
In Georgia, they’ve made it illegal to get an abortion after six weeks. Most women don’t even realize they’ve skipped their period after such a small window. SMH.
Georgia is the fourth US state this year alone to ban abortions after six weeks aka the “fetal heartbeat” bill. The Guardian reports that the “fetal heartbeat” is widely considered medically inaccurate by doctors, as well as misleading.
This new law also makes it possible for Georgia to treat every miscarriage as a potential homicide – a very f*cked-up reality to consider.
Alyssa Milano’s Call for a Sex Strike:
Yes, it means what you’re thinking. Alyssa Milano’s form of protest is an interesting one. Her tweet urges women to stop having sex “until we get bodily autonomy back”. Controversially, the singer and Charmed actress called for women to join her in a sex strike to protest these anti-choice laws.
Our reproductive rights are being erased.
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 11, 2019
“We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country. It’s reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them,” – Alyssa Milano.
Abstinence as Protest?
Is giving up sexy-time really the way to go here? Can mass abstinence change laws and influence policies? Historically, withholding sex has been used as a protest method before, Milano notes. It dates back to Iroquois women in the 1600s as a way to end warfare. There was also a sex strike organized by Liberian women in 2003.
There was some backlash to the sex strike call. The Guardian reports that there was criticism to the idea that women only have sex as a favour to men, and not for their own pleasure. It’s important not to frame sex in a way that disempowers women. Sex is for us to enjoy, on our own terms. Would a sex strike go against sex positivity?
Milano seems unbothered by the criticism, saying her tweet “is getting people to talk about the war on women”. While she hasn’t put a time-frame on the sex strike for herself or other women, she argues it gets the conversation going.
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